Nigeria is still fighting with the increasing cases of Lassa fever around the country. The battle with this unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever which is linked with Ebola goes on. This has already become a cause of 110 deaths this year and the number can get more with the passage of time. The doctors are also grappling to find the threat and even trying to understand that why this deadly virus is getting spread in such a way.
At this, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) tells about 353 confirmed Lassa cases from January 1 in comparison with143 cases comes in front in the whole year of 2017. NCDC’s director Chikwe Ihekweazu said that the causes for this increasing number are many. “The harder you look, the more you find,” said Ihekweazu. He says that the virus environment gets a change and there is a need to follow up the awareness regarding the same.
Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease that can get transferred to humans to infected rat feces or urine. Like Ebola, it can pass through one person to another when getting in contact with infected bodily fluids. The worse situation can be judge deadly as even the Lassa facility staff and many Nigerian employees are struggling to cope up with the situation created by this Lassa fever.
Director Ephraim Ogbaini Emovon says,”Now we have just below 30 patients. We never recorded this (in previous years). Facilities are overstretched.” A WHO employee says,”It’s a tradition in Africa for families to take care of their sick. But we have to put a stop to that, it’s much too risky.” The situations are turning worse for many and this is allowing the needs to get proper and adequate treatment facilities for the people that can save their life. Now the authority people are trying to find the relevant solution for this critical phase.